Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Mountain Home businessman Rob Finley to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He replaces Chairman Ken Reeves.
“Rob’s love of the outdoors is in his blood,” Hutchinson said Friday at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, according to a news release. “His grandfather owned a fishing and bait store on Portia Bay, and by the time he was four, Rob was fishing from his grandfather’s boat launch. Rob and his cousins spent hours with their grandfather learning about fishing and hunting. His love of the outdoors inspired a passion for conservation. He and his wife, Nicki, have been successful in a variety of businesses, including outdoor retreats and lodges. In Rob, I found the perfect mix of attributes that make him a logical pick to serve as a Game and Fish commissioner.”
Finley worked in the banking industry, developed a credit-insurance program for financial institutions and owns Route 66 Warranty in Mountain Home and Cranor’s White River Lodge in Cotter.
He was born at Eaker Air Force Base in Mississippi County, graduated from Cotter High School in Baxter County and served in the U.S. Air Force.
“The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is a body of seven stewards of the people’s property,” Finley said. “I take that very seriously, and I will work diligently to protect it. If I could drop the gavel 84 months from now with an increase in hunter/fishing participation and youth involvement numbers on the rise, I would consider my term a success.”